A New Step Forward- Oakland PROHIBITS Immigration Raids

Several towns have already passed resolutions and ordinances to say that they will not cooperate with Federal ICE agents raiding their communities. Oakland has taken the opposition to fear and abuse one step further-- The city council of Oakland has voted to prohibit immigration raids in their community. We wait to see if other towns will take their lead. For more information, check out this article:

Oakland Votes To Prohibit Federal Immigration Raids

OAKLAND -- The city council voted unanimously to approve a resolution that calls for an end to immigration raids and reaffirms its stand as a refuge for immigrants.

The resolution passed Tuesday night prevents Oakland police and city employees from helping federal agents to enforce deportation orders or other immigration laws. However, neither the mayor nor the council has authority to halt the federal sweeps within city boundaries.

"We are a city of immigrants," Council President Ignacio De La Fuente said. "We have to protect each other."

Councilmembers said they were inspired to adopt the new measure after the arrest last month of 13 undocumented immigrants who were working for an East Oakland plastic bag factory that sells its products to the U.S. government.

The new resolution updates a 1986 measure that designated Oakland as a safe haven for political refugees from South Africa, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador. Police officers must still tell immigration officials when they arrest an undocumented immigrant, officials said.

San Francisco has adopted a similar policy.

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